What is Vicodin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen

Vicodin® is a brand name for the combination of hydrocodone, an opioid pain medication and acetaminophen, an analgesic. It is used to relieve moderate to severe pain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 434 163
Fibromyalgia 147 53
Pain in lower back 78 38
Muscle pain 27 10
Back pain 18 13

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 21
Moderate 53
Mild 99
None 88

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vicodin

Side effect Patients
Constipation 32
Sleepiness 15
Nausea 13
Drowsiness 11
Dry mouth 5
Stomach pain 5

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Vicodin

Dosage Patients
500mg-5mg as needed 11
300-5mg as needed 4
500 mg-5 mg daily 1
300-5 mg three times daily 2
300-5 mg four times daily 2
1 tablet(s) three times daily 1
3 tab(s) daily 1
300-5 mg monthly 1
5 g twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Vicodin

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 66
Other 61
Doctor's advice 52
Course of treatment ended 45
Side effects too severe 40
Personal research 12
Expense 5
Change in health plan coverage 4
See all 224 patients who've stopped taking Vicodin

Duration

Currently taking Vicodin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 22
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Vicodin

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 42
1 - 6 months 57
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 41
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 12
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 150
Usually 58
Sometimes 46
Never taken as prescribed 7
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 31
A little hard to take 45
Not at all hard to take 176
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 0
$50-99 5
$25-49 12
< $25 148
Not specified 95

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Vicodin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 7
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 3
Codeine-acetaminophen (paracetamol) (Tylenol with Codeine #3) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 1

Show all 12 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Vicodin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Tramadol (Ultram) 9
Oxycodone-acetaminophen (Percocet) 7
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 4
Fentanyl patch (Duragesic) 3
Oxycodone (Oxycodone IR) 3

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching to

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33 patient evaluations for Vicodin

Jun 27, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for headaches)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 15, 2015 (Started Apr 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 15, 2011 (Started Apr 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in lower back)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Took pain away . Yeah :)

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 11, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg-5 mg All the time (24/7)
Advice & Tips: It allows me to be more engaged with more energy and less pain. I never take more than enough to control symptoms. I hate feeling 'loopy'. This allows me to function.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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